• August 17, 2019
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Opinion

Op-Ed: Why Irvine Candidates Should Pledge Not to Accept Developer Campaign Contributions

Candidates are already raising money to run for Irvine Mayor and two City Council seats. The election is November 3, 2020. A list of declared candidates and statements disclosing campaign contributions can be found here. Will candidates for Irvine elective office pledge not to accept campaign contributions from developers and their proxies in the run-up […]

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Op-Ed: What Is The Irvine Weekly?

Hi, Watchdog readers. I wrote recently about what I knew about the Irvine Report publication. An article on Tuesday’s City Council meeting in the Irvine Weekly led me to look into that publication as well, and it turns out I know more — and could find out far more — about it. Here is what […]

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Opinion: Start Planning Now!

Are you fed up with out-of-control traffic on Irvine streets? Are you tired of circling around and around to find a parking spot? Let’s take action to get our city to start planning for the future now! The City Council is doing a great job of protecting our villages from development projects that adversely affect […]

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Op-Ed: Some (Very) Basic Information about FivePoint

Introduction Five Point Holdings LLC (“Five Point”) is one of two primary developers in Irvine. The other is Irvine Company. In this article, we examine basic facts about Five Point. This is just a little of the information a potential investor would routinely look into before investing. Our goal is not to be critical, but simply to […]

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City to Kick-Off the One Irvine Program

The City’s Neighborhood Services Department is rolling out a new program on preserving and enhancing our established Irvine neighborhoods. The One Irvine program is dedicated to bringing resources, education, and community projects to neighborhoods to address home maintenance issues. Each year, One Irvine will focus on addressing the unique opportunities of an individual neighborhood.  The […]

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Op-Ed: 3 Steps To Fight Corruption in Irvine

Irvine’s city government once had a sterling reputation… but no longer. For quite some time there has been a creeping increase in corruption in Irvine’s decision making process.  In the last year, voters have been deprived of the right to vote for representatives to fill a city council and mayoral vacancy. Our City Council has acted […]

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Op-Ed: Land Trust – Why Hide General Payroll Information?

The following is not intended to take away from the wonderful and important work the Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT) does to provide our city with building much needed permanent affordable housing. I simply seek the same level of transparency as was provided before the ICLT separated from the city since they are still funded […]

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Irvine Land Trust | Updates & Concerns

Present Leon Napper Nancy Donnelly Anthony Kuo Patrick Strader (via phone) Absent Land Trust Chair Melissa Fox was in Sacramento Irvine Community Land Trust The Land Trust was created by the city council in 2006 for the creation of permanently affordable housing.  In its 13 years of existence, the city has given the land trust $72 […]

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State Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to Vote on Bill to Establish State Veterans Cemetery

Dear Great Park (ARDA site) Veterans Cemetery supporter: We urgently need you to send an email—this weekend—to bring us one important step closer to making the Veterans Cemetery on the original Great Park ARDA site a reality. With your help, the State Senate Veterans Affairs Committee at their Tuesday, June 25th hearing, will be voting […]

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Op-Ed: Future of The Racquet Club of Irvine Threatened by Possible Sale to Real Estate Developer

Recently, the owner of The Racquet Club of Irvine (RCI) published a letter to the members of RCI notifying them of a potential sale of the club and land to a real estate developer.  RCI has been a fixture of recreation in Irvine for 45 years. The facility has 28 tennis courts, a junior salt […]

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